GOES-R: Launching in October 2016

December 9, 2015

From construction to orbit, find out how we will get GOES-R to space in October 2016!

NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Series satellite- R (GOES-R) will now be launched in October 2016!

Earlier this year, NOAA, NASA and Lockheed Martin (the primary spacecraft developer) conducted an extensive review and decided moving the launch date from March 2016 to October 2016 would best mitigate possible schedule risks. The October 2016 date was determined by a number of factors, including launch site and booster availability.

As October approaches, engineering teams working on the spacecraft and ground segment for the GOES-R satellite are making continued progress towards launch.

Learn more about the GOES-R series of satellites and what they can do here!

Thermal vacuum testing, which exposes the satellite to the range of temperatures it will encounter in space, was completed in August. In November, the satellite ground system completed an important test to simulate spacecraft launch and satellite positioning.

The GOES-R program was also rated as “green” by an independent review which indicated the system is ready for operations and data processing after the satellite is launched.

Continuing 40 years of GOES coverage, the GOES-R satellite, which will be known as GOES-16 once operational, will be more advanced than any other weather satellite of its kind and provide more detailed and accurate data for forecasters.

GOES-R the FUTURE of Forecasting Image

The satellite will be launched in October 2016 aboard an Atlas V 541 rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

For more information on the GOES-R satellite and its capabilities read:


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